The ACWA Board of Directors, its officers and members would like to welcome you to the online home of the American Chuck Wagon Association, a 501.c.3 organization.
The American Chuck Wagon Association started out as a small group of Old West enthusiasts and has expanded to world wide association preserving the American past through competitions, demonstrations, charity and school events and other venues.
Our work is funded by sponsorships (see the power point presentation shown below-right); tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials
(We are a 501.c.3 organization);
cookbook, note card & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues.
For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check to:
ACWA, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 with credit card information. For Honorariums and Memorials, please include the name of the person remembered/honored, and address for a thank you card.
Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth
competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs.
The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.
In addition, the ACWA offers scholarships (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipient for the upcoming school year is Maria Rubio from Harrison, Arkansas. One of our recipients recently sent an update you may read here.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.
Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!
Many of our members offer catering services. Check out the link above to contact one of them about bringing some of the finest chuck wagon cooking to your next event.
It is with great pleasure that I address the association this one last time as your president. I have developed many new friends over the course of this past three years and thoroughly enjoyed the many "gatherings" where we were able to sit by the campfire and enjoy each other's company. In those circumstances, it was quite pleasurable working out details of the day to day functions of the association as well as ironing out issues dealing with sanctioning events. I truly believe in what we are doing and fully expect the ACWA to reap the benefits of our hard work. If you are a member. I encourage you to get involved, as there are many avenues by which you can help this organization to continue to blossom. If you are not a member and you are interested in the chuck wagon and the old west, I would encourage you to take a chance and join us for a year and see if you like being associated with the fine folks within the ACWA. Thank you very much for allowing me to serve you!!
If you have been on the website looking around, or a member, you know that the ACWA has embarked upon a mission to provide stablity and consistency between chuck wagon cook offs. We have also concentrated on developing criteria that will further enhance and preserve the western heritage of the chuck wagon through education. We will begin 2016 where sanctioned cook offs will provide competitors with a points system *discussed in the last president's letter) whereby they will earn points in competition with their food and wagon. The points will accumulate during the year by competing at ACWA sanctioned events. The competition will culminate in top competitors competing in The All American Championship Cook Off to be held on April 2, 2017, in Fredericksburg, Texas, sponsored by the ACWA in conjunction with the City of Fredericksburg, Fort Martin Scott and the Texas Ranger Heritage Center.
I have recently returned from our annual meeting and would like to convey my deepest and heartfelt feelings in ...YOU THE MEMBERSHIP, making this the most attended meeting in our history. For those of you who attended, I know you were interested and excited about what we have been and are doing to better this association. We had some lively discussions that only strengthened our resolve to continue this dream to fruition.
Thank you very much for the past board members and committee members who have been continued driving forces to get so many details ironed out so that when we do have to tweak the "rules" in the coming years, it will hopefully be minor changes.
Congratulations to the ACWA award recipients:
Pioneer Award - Don & Shirley Creasey
Heritage Award - Jerry Baird
Hoodlum Award - Morgan Mitchell
Rookie of the Year - Omar Alvarez
Young Coosie - Austin Edison
Brand Award - Jim Patrick and the DT Wagon
Best Event - Llano, TX(br />
Your New Board Members:
Sam Howell-Odessa, TX; Russ Richins-Phoenix AZ; Ronnie Sexton-Temple, TX
President-Ronnie Sexton; Vice-President-Sam Howell; Treasurer-Dave McDowell; Secretary-Russ Richins
In 1996 at a chuck wagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small
group of Old West enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an
association. The mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck
wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle
drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operation
were adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and
running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND